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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday June 19, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- 2009 Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Continues to Roll
-- Have Wheat Prices Peaked?
-- NAIS Receives Zero Funding for FY2010 in House Appropriations Committee
-- Clean Water Restoration Act Comes Out of Committee- Won't Survive Action on Senate Floor.
-- On the Other Hand- there are those who embrace the Clean Water Restoration Act
-- Check the Calendar-
-- Daddy's Day
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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2009 Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Continues to Roll
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have several more reports from generally the northern half of Oklahoma as the combine crews had another excellent day of harvest weather, if you consider 90s into the low 100s perfect. In Alfalfa County, one producer reports 47 to 51 bushel yields, with test weights in at 58 to 59 pounds- these yields on fields that did not have water standing on them for an extended time. Another producer from that county offered a little more specific report as far as the variety is concerned- the email we received says "a field of Endurance that we started yesterday and finished today made 53 bushels per acre and weighed 61 pounds per bushel" with a second email mentioning that the field had been grazed heavily as well.
A more sober report comes from the Orlando area- we got this email which reflects so many wheat fields in 2009- "Finished today on the few acres we have. Most of it is making 3 to 10 bushels per acre. Planted too early for this year. Cut one patch of Bullet that made 17 with test weight of 57. Good thing is that we can get ready to start again next year." That last statement kinda says it all for farmers, ranchers and Chicago Cub fans- there's always the next season to look forward to.
We also talked briefly with Clay Pope of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts- who was at News9 in Oklahoma City for a few minutes yesterday- he said they had been cutting in Kingfisher County this week and were making around 20 bushels an acre- and he felt pretty good about that.
Click on our link below- this will take you to our Harvest Updates list of stories for 2009. Among the things we posted yesterday were pictures from Minco as Don Schieber of Kildare was working as a custom cutter in that northern Grady County community. We also have comments from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and more. As we receive reports today and into the weekend- we will be posting them here- so check back from time to time to see how the 2009 wheat harvest is unfolding.
Have Wheat Prices Peaked?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson continues to believe that there is little upside to the current wheat market- and that we could see a gradual slide in wheat prices between now and the end of the year.
Anderson says that we are about a dollar under the highs from earlier this spring- and he believes that there could be another thirty to fifty cents per bushel down in the short term, if we break through July and December support levels (We are right at the July support level of $6.20 that Dr. Anderson mentions)
His comments were with Clinton Griffiths, host of SUNUP, as seen on OETA Saturday mornings. We have Kim's comments that will be heard and seen on SUNUP tomorrow morning available to you now- click on the link below- AND you will also be able to check the SUNUP lineup for this weekend's show.
NAIS Receives Zero Funding for FY2010 in House Appropriations Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Chairman of the House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, continued her push to eliminate funding for the National Animal ID System, as she presented the FY2010 Ag Appropriations Bill to the full Committee on Thursday evening, with no funding for NAIS. The Ag spending bill cleared the full Committee in just thirty minutes on Thursday.
DeLauro contends that USDA has not delivered a viable system after spending $145 million for implementation of Animal ID- and she added that until USDA finishes their Listening Sessions and comes up with a workable plan to put Animal ID in place- she sees no reason for any more money going into this program.
It's interesting to note that no House member on that Committee saw fit to rally to the defense of the USDA or the Program as no one offered an amendment to restore some or all of the FY2009 spending on the program. We have Congresswoman DeLauro's comments on NAIS as she addressed the full committee- click on our link below to take a listen.
Clean Water Restoration Act Comes Out of Committee- Won't Survive Action on Senate Floor.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said following the EPW business meeting today that, despite cosmetic changes made to the Clean Water Restoration Act, the bill faces certain demise if it ever reaches the Senate floor. "The superficial changes made to this bill don't change its underlying intention and ultimate effect: to radically expand federal power over farms, ranches, and private property," Senator Inhofe said following the business meeting. "We heard plenty of talk about a grand compromise to address concerns from rural America. Yet in the end, the revised bill, which passed on a party-line vote, still lacks support from a large swath of rural stakeholders.
"This bill is further proof that Washington doesn't 'get' rural America. The Democrats are moving a bill that amounts to the biggest bureaucratic power grab in a generation--and it's directed right at America's heartland. In fact, this bill is a significant part of a hostile agenda-whether it's new energy taxes from cap-and-trade or more unfunded mandates from Washington-aimed squarely at rural America."
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association agrees that the amendments to
the measure don't matter all that much. They write in their weekly Capitol
Comments Newsletter "The bill was amended at the markup by Senators
Baucus, Klobuchar, and Boxer. The amendment is a smoke screen that
allegedly takes care of agricultural concerns by exempting prior-converted
croplands from federal jurisdiction. Cattle are generally not grazed on
prior-converted croplands, so this amendment does nothing to mitigate the
potential damage to livestock production from this legislation. The
amendment is a diversion from the real issue, which is the removal of the
word "navigable" from the definition of waters.
On the Other Hand- there are those who embrace the Clean Water Restoration Act
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ed Brocksmith, with STIR (Save the Illinois River) dropped me an email yesterday morning on this subject of the additional authority that EPA wants and they would receive if the CWRA becomes law.
Ed writes "More and more people are beginning to understand the complex
and important relationship between ground water and surface water. If we
permit surface water to be polluted, we also pollute ground water.
Cattlemen and farmers need to understand this relationship. It doesn't
matter if the water body is "navigable" or not. If it's polluted, it's
polluted and so is the groundwater beneath the surface.
Brocksmith concludes "I'm disappointed in Oklahoma cattlemen for taking this position, a position one might expect from the Dirty Water Lobby. I'm certain many of your readers and members of the agriculture community don't share the cattlemen's views." He also gave us a link for an editorial from a New York newspaper that likes what the bill does and calls for its passage. We are including that link for your consideration.
Check the Calendar-
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This weekend, the Osage County Cattlemen's Association Meeting and annual Ranch Tour is underway- the tour is Saturday and the Ben Johnson Roping event is Sunday.
Also this weekend, the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association loads them up and moves them out to Green Country for their 19th annual Summer Ranch Tour. The leave the OCA headquarters on Sunday afternoon and will be touring through Tuesday.
Next week, we have a Wind Energy Informational Meeting planned over in
Geary- date on that meeting is June 23rd, with a RSVP requested by
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was God's intention that the family unit be headed by the man- offering protection and being willing to serve his family- his wife and his children. The man has responsibility to train up their children in the way they should go- and to nurture and love them along the way. Saying all of that, those of us that have (or had) a strong Dad in their lives are blessed and are better people because of him.
Let me tell you just a word or two about my Dad- and perhaps help you
think about your Dad along the way as we prepare to celebrate Fathers Day
this Sunday. My Dad was a Vo-Ag teacher and really loved his FFA boys.
Some of my earliest memories are of tagging along at the State Fair in the
show barn behind those guys and my Dad.
My Dad is still alive and still loves taking a seed, planting it and
producing a crop. He does it now in a large garden (especially for someone
in their mid 80s) and shows up twice a week for the local farmers market
in the town where I grew up. Some of his former students are now his
customers- and you can hear the grin on his face when he has had a good
day at the market.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Apache Livestock Market had a total run of 2,487 on Thursday and their market reporter tells us that "Feeder steers 2.00 higher. Feeder heifers and heifer calves 1.00 to 4.00 higher. Steer calves steady. Demand good. Supply included 70 percent over 600 lbs." To take a look at the actual prices from the Apache market, click here for that report from the USDA market news.
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